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Multiple Announcements: Berkeley Postdoctoral Fellowships and CGS Job Opportunity

Date: 09/09/2020

Dear SCEC Community,

Please see below for the following announcements:

1. Machine learning at the Berkeley Seismology Lab - Two postdoctoral fellowships
2. Job opportunity for Engineering Seismologist with California Geological Survey


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1. Machine learning at the Berkeley Seismology Lab - Two postdoctoral fellowships:

Two postdoctoral fellowships available
UC Berkeley Seismology Lab

Development and implementation of machine learning techniques for improved earthquake detection, analysis and warning

Two postdoctoral fellowship positions are available at the UC Berkeley Seismology Lab (BSL) to work on machine learning applications to earthquake detection, analysis and earthquake early warning.  The BSL brings together geophysical network development and operation with research into all aspects of earthquake processes, hazards and Earth structure. The faculty, researchers, postdocs, students and engineering staff work closely at the intersection of research and data collection to make new discoveries relating to earthquake processes and develop new approaches to reduce hazards.  Our expanding real time data collection networks include very broadband seismic instrumentation, boreholes, geodetic observations and a global smartphone accelerometer network.  These postdoctoral fellowships will focus on the development of new techniques to detect and characterize earthquakes both to further our understanding of the physics of earthquakes and to improve hazard reductions strategies including earthquake early warning.

We are looking for candidates with experience in machine learning and an interest in applying these techniques to the earthquake problem.  We invite applicants from the geophysics and computer science communities.  The positions are available to start immediately, or when the successful applicants are available. The initial appointment would be for one year.  Reappointment for a second and possibly third year is typical but dependent on satisfactory progress.

Applications will be reviewed as they are received and continue until the positions are filled.  Applicants should send a letter detailing their research interests and its relevance to the topics described above, and a CV to Richard Allen (rallen@berkeley.edu).  Questions about the position should be sent to the same email address.

2. Job opportunity for Engineering Seismologist with California Geological Survey:

Job opportunity for Engineering Seismologist with California Geological Survey

Applications are due 08/23/2020

If you are looking for an exciting opportunity to work for California Geological Survey and serve the public,
the Strong-Motion Instrumentation Program (SMIP) has an opening for Engineering Seismologist in its Data products unit.

If you already have:

- the education and work experience in the application of Seismology, Geophysics or related field in solving earthquake related problems
- the experience in conducting research for scientific projects and in writing technical reports
- the experience in developing computer tools and application to solve scientific problems

Then this position maybe for you. Apply today and join our team.

The Engineering Seismologist position falls under the Engineering Geologist Classification. To be considered for the position, interested applicants need to take the Engineering Geologist exam and establish employment eligibility. This full-time permanent job is located at 801 K St., Sacramento, CA 95814. The job is 40 hours/week M-F, with some overtime if needed. There is a probationary period which must be successfully passed before “job permanency” is established.

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